Why Uber is Awesome For Sports Fans in Toronto

Uber is a new service that’s rapidly gaining a ton of popularity everywhere in the world.  It’s essentially better than taxis, and offers great pricing, excellent customer service, and awesome service.

There’s a few reasons I love it.

1. Its cheaper than taxis in Toronto.

Taxis are more expensive than Uber by 20-25% in Toronto, especially when you factor in tip.  This makes Uber a superior option for anyone looking to save money on transportation.  Addtionally, you can find a 2016 Uber promo code for Toronto quite easily online, allowing you to get a free first ride.

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2.   Uber is more convenient.

The app interface is fast, easy to use, and extremely useful.  Unlike taxis you don’t have to call a rude person who’ll tell you the cab will come in 15 minutes.  Uber pickup times are typically a few minutes downtown, and around 7-8 minutes in the suburbs.  Much more conveniant than calling a few cab companies hoping they’ll pick up.

3.  IF you lose your stuff, you’ll get it back.

When you get a random cab from the street, unless you’re very carefully you won’t have their information.  There’s a good chance you might never see your belonging again if you leave it in the cab.

With Uber all the information is in the app, thus preventing any major issues.  If you lose something you can easily get it back because the driver’s information is set up.  The way Uber works, drivers have a strong incentive to provide high quality service (because they get rated on it).

Uber’s customer service is overall much better.  The quality of cars are excellent as well.

4.  Safety
In some countries like Colombia, Ubers are 10X more safer than cabs.   Uber cars have tinted classes and look like private cars, while the taxi cabs are easy targets for robbers.

I highly suggest using Uber for your next ride in Toronto, because of the excellent customer service they provide.



How to Build an Excellent Indoor Music Venue Part 2- Construction, Electrical, and Efficiency 

 You’ve invested in the instruments needed for your indoor music venue project. You have also ordered for a brand new laptop, a new microphone and audio interface. And you’ve chosen the garage as the site where you will have your home studio.  But you’re still in the process of building it.

So how will you go about it? Here are the ways to do so:

  1. Clear the Room

Whether you are setting up the studio in the garage, or in your brother’s old room, you will have to clear everything in it.  That means you will have to clear off all floor space, remove anything that vibrates, and take everything off the walls.

  1. Add Acoustic Treatment

Adding acoustic treatment to your home studio requires you to make certain purchases like diffusers, acoustic panels, and bass traps. The last two are very important, as acoustic panels can prevent sound waves from bouncing off hard surfaces, and absorbing sound waves. Meanwhile, bass traps control low frequencies giving you with a better sounding music venue.


  1. Flooring

Should you have carpet for your home studio’s flooring? The truth is that audio experts aren’t really high on carpets because it can negatively affect room acoustics. On the practical side, carpet will wear out quickly as studios get lots of foot traffic.

As such, you can settle with concrete, tile, or hardwood for the flooring of your home studio.

If you think that you really need a carpet for your drum kit, you can instead lay down an area rug.

  1. Mount Power and Lighting Cables

You may think that power and lighting cables should be placed behind the plaster walls. However, doing so can destroy your soundproofing.  It is more ideal to have all the power cables mounted using conduit. You may also build another area for lights and power using timber and plasterboard.    Its important to hire an electrician to take care of this kind of stuff.  I suggest Transfer Electric, their website is http://www.bestelectriciantoronto.ca/.

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  1. Placing Your Gear

You should have two areas set up—a recording area for the musician, and a mixing area for the sound engineer.

For the recording area, you need to have a mic stand, a chair, mic, and electronic instruments.  You are free to arrange your gear like audio interface and computer the way you like it. But for the studio monitor, it should point directly toward your head.

Now that you’ve learned how to set up a home studio, why don’t you start working on your indoor music venue project?

How to Build an Excellent Indoor Music Venue Part 1- Design 

Building an indoor music venue is something most audiophiles dream about. The thought of being able to create music at home excites them in a manner that only a few things can. If you’re one of those audiophiles wanting to have your own indoor music venue, here are some of the things you should prepare for to pursue your dream:

  1. Find a Good Location 

Just as in building your house, you will have to find a good place to build your music venue.  You can look at the garage as a possible option, giving you a lot of space for your instruments like the drums after sound proofing.  A room in a house is also a good option, although it must be spacious enough to accommodate the instruments you are planning to have.

  1. Prepare the Essential Equipment

There are certain things that your indoor music venue should have, like a recording computer. Your desktop or laptop computer should suffice, especially if you install recording software that you can download from the Internet.

There must also be studio monitors at your music venue. You don’t really need to invest in expensive monitors, as you can shop for nice sounding monitors sold at affordable prices to get your music venue up and running.

You will also need good headphones, as well as a trusty microphone.

Finally, you will need an audio interface to connect the microphone, headphones, and monitors to your computer.

  1. Seal the Doors and Windows 

Soundproofing is a very critical concern when building an indoor music venue, especially if you intend to record music. A sound leaking in your venue, or an external noise, can ruin the music you intend to record.

As such, you will have to close and seal the doors and windows. You would want to have a heavy door in the studio or add weight to the existing door by applying special vinyl material that can serve as a good sound isolation barrier. The door should seal completely when shut. You can look for regular sealing strips sold at DIY stores.

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  1. Decide on the Wall Colors

You must also decide on the colors of the wall.  I’d suggest hiring a professional painting company like Greater Toronto Painters.   Generally, warm colors like yellow and orange are stimulating  while cool colors like green are relaxing. Lighter colors are not only pleasing to the eyes but also require less lighting which can save you a few bucks on your electric bills.

Why the Gamer Symphony Orchestra at the University of Maryland is Such a Gamechanger


University of Maryland’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra (GSO) is a student-run symphony orchestra and chorus which holds a free concert regularly and during the annual charity fundraising events held for the benefit of the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.  What makes it such a gamechanger in the world of classical music is that it is the first ever collegiate ensemble exclusively devoted to performing orchestral arrangements of video game music and using that music as an educational tool. Moreover, and membership in the campus-based ensemble is not audition-based and most of its members are non-music majors.

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The Gamer Symphony Orchestra was created in 2005 by Michelle Eng, a violist in the University’s for-credit Repertoire Orchestra for non-music-majors. She was inspired by Tommy Tallarico’s Video Games Live tours, Internet sensation “Video Game Pianist” Martin Leung and the Final Fantasy concert series, “Dear Friends”. The ensemble’s first performance took place in a Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center classroom on April 28, 2006. Their first public concert was held the next day, during “Maryland Day” at the university’s annual open house. The orchestra played for a lunching crowd in the Baltimore Room, off the student union’s food court. They performed a rudimentary arrangement of the theme from The Legend of Zelda by Rob, along with versions of “Hikari” and the Final Fantasy prologue.

In just five years, GSO has gone from a group of six people talking about video game music to a renowned 120-piece ensemble with a legitimate international profile. It now boasts a roster of more than 100 musicians, including 30 singers. It has played to packed houses for four years in a row at the university’s 1,100-seater Dekelboum Concert Hall and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. While it still encounters financial challenges and there continues to be a confusion on whether it is promoting camaraderie or musicianship, it will surely look forward to celebrating its 10th anniversary in the Fall of 2015.


How to Promote Your Orchestra With Smart Video Marketing


The Internet combined with mobile technology has made it possible for people to promote their orchestra to a much wider audience without spending a lot of money. The year 2015 in particular, has been dubbed as “The Year of Video Marketing,” with video finally being considered an integral part of email marketing, content marketing, social, SEO, and other demand-generation online marketing strategies. For orchestras and others involved in the music business, video streaming is a medium that can entice and engage viewers and would-be customers in a way that will work far better than any other kind of marketing strategy.  Companies such as Memory Tree as leading the video revolution by creating cutting edge visual stories for customers.



A serious orchestra should have its own YouTube channel. YouTube is a video-sharing website that allows users to upload, view and share videos. A subsidary of Google, YouTube videos have a significant impact on Google’s Search algorithm and can help you rank higher. It has become so mainstream that over 300 hours of video are being uploaded on this social platform every single minute.

What better way to get noticed by the public than by having your orchestra’s most memorable performances uploaded. Considered a social network by search engines, you will increase your social footprint across the web by having an active YouTube page. We already know the importance social media plays in influencing purchasing decisions of users, but a recent study shows that YouTube did beat out other social media platforms when it comes to influencing customer purchasing decisions.

Video Streaming in Real-Time

Social media has certainly changed the way we communicate with each other, and now people are more apt to share short video clips instead of lengthy text. Micro-video apps can shorten videos to just a few seconds, making them ideal for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. With short videos, customers can quickly see a message in their news feeds while brands can just as quickly send a message to a much larger audience.

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Offline Marketing

For best results, it’s always advisable to complement your video marketing, email marketing, content marketing, social, SEO, and other strategies with some traditional approaches to advertising. Distribute leaflets, flyers, brochures and other printed promo materials whenever you can. And of course, continue to engage in some old-fashioned PR by sponsoring community and school events and offering free orchestra concerts to the public. One effective guerrilla marketing stunt you may wish to indulge in is by making unannounced street performances at unlikely public places with heavy foot traffic.



The Top 5 Symphonies in the World

A symphony, as defined by Wikipedia, is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written for orchestra and which is typically done in four movements or sections –  an opening sonata or allegro, an adagio or a slow movement, a minuet or scherzo with trio, and an allegro, ronda or sonata. It was during the 18th century when the first symphonies emerged. Beethoven was the first composer to make one movement run into the next, elevating the genre to become what is often considered the main event in a classical music concert.

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What symphonies have in common across time, according to BBC, is that they are about ‘becoming’ ‒ taking the listener on a journey which is like attending a play in several acts, or reading a book in several chapters: all different, but contributing to a satisfying whole. In a four-part televised series, the British public broadcasting company named the top-ten great symphonies. From the ten, reports The Guardian, Mark Elder choses the form’s five key works that have shaped our history and identity, namely:


  1. Haydn, Symphony no. 22, ‘The Philosopher’ (1764) – The work is scored for two horns, two English horns, and strings. The horns play a prominent role in all but the second movement, and Haydn’s choice of E flat major may have been dictated by the fact that the valveless horns of the time sounded best when played as E flat instruments.
  1. Beethoven, Symphony no. 3, ‘Eroica’ (1804) – It is scored for two flutes, two clarinets, two bassoons, two oboes, two trumpets, three horns, timpani and strings.
  1. Tchaikovsky, Symphony no. 6, ‘Pathétique’ (1893) – The symphony is scored for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 3 flutes, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, timpani, tam-tam, cymbals, bass drum, and strings.

  1. Mahler, Symphony no. 9 (1909-10) – The four-movement piece is scored for 4 flutes, a piccolo, 4 oboes, 5 clarinets, 4 bassoons, 4 horns, a tuba, timpani, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones bass drum, snare drum, cymbals, 3 bells, glockenspiel, triangle, tam-tam, 2 harps, and strings.
  1. Shostakovich, Symphony no. 7, ‘Leningrad’ (1941) – Scored for percussion, brass, strings, woodwinds, and keyboard the piece became very popular in both the Soviet Union and the West as a symbol of resistance to Nazi totalitarianism.